Letters to the Editor: Dec. 4, 2019
Progress on Jackson School Project?
The Hillsboro City Council will be pleased that on Jackson School Road to the south of Sunrise Lane, trees have now been removed or are in the process of being removed.
The civil engineers kept their promise; the trees are being removed during the fall and winter months so no birds are nesting in the trees. How considerate! Maybe these engineers can also give some insight of how they will be restoring the habitat for these birds come next spring. And I have been impressed on how much more light there is on Jackson School Road — motorists will now be able to see each other much more easily.
The protestations of the Jackson School neighborhood residents are now mute. Progress is irreversible. Jackson School Road will now in effect become a 1.5-mile, 38-feet-wide strip of concrete. Progress is being made to make the commute to downtown Hillsboro much more expedient. Bravo!
This last weekend I drove out to the large Willow Tree near Fishback Creek to say goodbye to it. Sad! It is like saying farewell to a beloved friend. I know I am not alone in this. I talked to several neighbors who have similar sentiments with regards to the trees.
I would like to invite the City Council members to come out to see the big majestic willow tree and remind them that this is going to be your legacy:
"A 1.5-mile, 38-feet-strip of concrete; $25 million spent; expediency over livability; trees be damned".
The overwhelming sentiment of the Jackson School residents is: "This could have been different." They feel that they have not been listened to. We are made to live with the loss of the character of our neighborhood.
Willem Aartsen, Hillsboro
Thanks to police for responding to cemetery vandalism
Forest View Cemetery would like to thank the Forest Grove Police Department for responding to a call about vandalism happening at cemetery on Nov. 24.
The teenagers destroyed 18 monuments and gravestones. Thanks to Officer Joe Martino for catching the teenagers.
Caretaker, Forest View Cemetery
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